New police team to tackle domestic abuse in west Northamptonshire

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A new team of dedicated officers has been set up to support victims of domestic abuse in the Daventry and South Northamptonshire area.

The Domestic Abuse Resolution Team (DART) will work closely with domestic abuse victims, offering them support and advice while aiming at a swift resolution by bringing offenders to justice wherever possible.

Officers from the team will use all powers at their disposal and where appropriate will assist the courts to issue Domestic Violence Prevention Orders (DVPO).

DVPO give police powers to safeguard victims in the immediate aftermath of an incident and offer another level of protection. They are designed to provide victims with immediate safeguarding, allowing them breathing space to consider their options and seek further advice and support.

The team of four have already taken two cases to court and have helped secure a DVPO on both occasions.

Sergeant Carol Fullerton, who leads the team, said: “The new team gives greater protection to domestic violence victims in the south of the county and anybody who experiences domestic abuse in any of its forms should feel confident in reporting it to us.

“Northamptonshire Police is committed to protecting the lives of all victims of domestic abuse and we will thoroughly investigate all reports and will work closely with victims and partner agencies to protect the most vulnerable and bring offenders to justice.”

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, or are worried about a friend or a member of your family, call 101 for help, advice and support. Always call 999 to in an emergency or to report a crime in progress.